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Regenerating Weston

Getting housing, jobs and transport into sustainable balance for Weston & the villages

Since John became the town’s MP in 2005, Weston has been steadily transformed. With a combination of public and private money the Grand Pier, seafront promenade, Pier Square and children’s water park have all been rebuilt, and work is underway on Dolphin Square.

There’s a better and less crowded train service for people commuting to Bristol now that intercity trains stop at Weston and Worle stations during the rush hours.

We’ve become a more sustainable community, rather than just a dormitory for Bristol, by bringing new jobs to the area and upgrading local services like schools, play areas and GPs to match all the new houses that had been built without proper local facilities for 30 years or more.

More local students are staying at college or school to get better qualifications than ever before, and our local unemployment rate is well below the national average too.

There’s plenty more to do, of course. Recent victories include scrapping the previous Government’s plans to impose 12,000 unwanted houses on Weston, without providing the new jobs or local services needed to balance the extra people and create a sustainable community.

John’s work to save our direct intercity train services between Weston and London, which were due to be scrapped when the new rail operator is chosen in 2013, was an important milestone too. Retaining the direct service will keep down journey times to the capital, and prevent overcrowding on rush hour commuter trains to Bristol to boot. And winning much-needed Government funding to upgrade Worle Station and Junction 21 of the M5, due in 2013, should make life better for thousands of visitors and local residents every day as well.

John’s work won’t stop here either. We must finish the rebirth of Weston’s seafront; it’s miles better than it was a few years ago, but we’ve still got to deal with issues like rebuilding Birnbeck Pier and finding an alternative site for a covered pool if we can’t have the Trop.

And we need even more local jobs, to balance all the new housing that’s been built over the last 30 years and create a greener, more sustainable community, where fewer people are forced to travel to work in Bristol (unless they want to, of course – it’s a free country after all!) because there are more local firms to hire them instead.


MP John Penrose praises hard work of mental health charity

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Weston-super-Mare’s MP has praised the hard work of a mental health charity which offers guidance and support to people living in North Somerset.


John cuts ribbon with Andrew Scott to launch new Ascot building

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John has helped cut the ribbon of the new Ascot Group offices that promise to 'put Weston on the map as a serious place to do business' with over £1,000,000 investment and 100 new jobs for local people...


Mercury Article: What projects should we look for in Weston during 2017?

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In his article for the Weston Mercury, John speaks about what might be in store for Weston during 2017...


Bristol Post: Plan to double the size of Cribbs should be blocked - says MP

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The Bristol Evening Post reports on John calling for Government Ministers to block the Cribbs Causeway expansion due to the pressure High Streets are already facing..."


Weston, The perfect location for British Industry says MP

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Weston's MP John Penrose has welcomed a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report on the ingredients needed for successful businesses to flourish, because they coincide exactly with what Weston has to offer.


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